Wireless HD streaming is the latest rage in the home entertainment front. With a flurry of home cinema devices entering the market, the need for effective interoperability today between wireless speakers and home theater devices is critical for manufacturers and consumers alike. This is also where the Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA) Association comes in, having given the green light for AV products to exploit the less congested 5GHz band via their Compliance Test Specification issued in August this year.
According to WiSA's latest press release, a new Technical Advisory Committee and associated Special Interest Groups will be established to advance the development of wireless audio solutions for home theater, consumer electronics, and professional AV markets. Participation for both groups will be open to members of the WiSA Association. More importantly, the document also highlights that decisions effected by each group "may influence the WiSA Compliance Test Specification (CTS) as well as the technology roadmap".
“We are at a pivotal point in time for providing leadership and new direction for the wireless speaker and audio industry and we welcome the participation of Technical Advisory Committee and Special Interest Groups members in charting the course for wireless HD audio in the home theater,” said Jim Venable, President of the WiSA Association. “The WiSA Association has gained significant momentum with the recent release of the industry’s first Compliance Test Specification for interoperability and I expect our engagement with the Technical Advisory Committee and Special Interest Groups to be equally ground-breaking in driving additional areas of application for high-performance wireless audio.”
The Advisory Committee will work closely with other engineering bodies, such as the IEEE, AES, HDMI, and MHL to advance wireless HD audio based on their respective specifications, while Special Interest Groups will address other challenges facing the audio industry, such as DTV applications, 802.1 A/V bridging, interoperability with radio technologies, and other niggling topics. The first two Special Interest Groups will focus on DTV connectivity and multi-room wireless HD audio technology.